Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Giving DIY

With the holidays fast approaching, I know I'm not going to have the time I once did to post fun DIY projects on the blog this year.  I did want to link to past projects to help you all get into the holiday spirit though.  Those are at the end of this post.
I also have been thinking lately about my neighbors who are living on the streets during the cold and rainy fall/winter months here in Portland.  I basically never have cash in my wallet and I know a lot of people are opposed to handing out money anyway.  I struggle with what to give people that could actually be helpful to them.  A friend of mine once mentioned that she keeps a box of granola bars in her glove box for those times when she comes across someone who might be hungry.  I also know some people who do a street ministry and one thing they mentioned that people could always use here in Portland is an extra dry pair of socks.
I liked both ideas so I combined the two and put these little packages in my glove box to hand out when the opportunity presents itself.  It's a cheap and easy way to help someone else out during the holiday season.
Also, from experience I thought I would note that soft foods like Nutri Grain bars are a good option.  I once tried to give a Nature Valley bar that I had in my car to a man on the street.  He had to nicely explain to me that he doesn't have the means for dental care and therefore cannot chew hard foods like that with his teeth.  I felt like a jerk so I thought I would pass that info along.

Now for the DIY Links:



  1. This is a really lovely idea. I am going to make a few packages to keep in my car.

  2. oh my gosh, i love this idea. definitely going to borrow it. would be great for when i go home and visit detroit too! i always feel miserable passing my homeless people, but like you i never have cash & don't feel entirely good about giving it anyhow. these are things they can definitely use.

  3. Such a wonderful idea. I always feel bad just driving/walking by people in need, so this is a great idea!

  4. What a fabulous idea! I never would have thought about the chewy bar needing to be soft! Thanks for that tip!


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